Saturday, June 30, 2007

Please sir, may I have another?

Between my wife and I, we own a PlayStation 2, Gamecube, Xbox, Dreamcast, Super Nintendo, and a Nintendo 64 and NES in storage.

We've also gotten into board games recently, and we own Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Louis XIV, and Risk Godstorm and Risk Star Wars (Original Trilogy, of course. Thanks Zach!). We like games.

We also have had a launch Xbox 360. It finally decided to flash the dreaded Red Ring of Death 2 weeks ago, so I called to get it replaced.

I recieved the "new" one yesterday, and was very excited to try out Carcassonne (our first Euro-board game experience, shared with The Imes).

Instead, I'm treated to the console freezing. Constantly. Any notification will freeze the system within a second or two, forever letting me know that PoofyLake or BooleanFlag is now online. Playing a video is certain to cause the system to freeze before about 30 seconds have elapsed. And forget games. Oblivion locks up, GoW locks up, even Arcade titles.

So, I'm getting a "new" one again. I really hope they get it right this time, and I don't end up like this guy.

We'll see.

Monday, June 18, 2007

TouchPoint Released!

Something that I got to watch be developed by a good friend of mine was released recently.

Go check it out - very cool stuff. Kudos!

(6/20/2007) Edit - changed link.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

I Think That Snicker's Bar has Gone Bad

So, I got low blood sugar and decided to grab a candy bar from the machine. I bit into it and here's what I saw:

Scared the be-jeebus out of me. Turns out it's movie promotion for Shrek.
Seriously, who comes up with this stuff?

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

My Dog Ate My Blood Sugar Meter

The title just about sums it up. Zach has heard all of my "my dog ate..." stories by now, but this one was just too good.

There's a big crack in the LCD cover. The LCD isn't actually cracked, but it's still hard to read anything.

Since I now have insurance, I figured that I'd check the website to see what the copay would be on a new meter. I had to sign up first though.

It asked for a username, with the following verbage:

Please enter your desired username. Must be between 5-50 characters

I enter my standard username, fill everything out, and am then greeted with the following error message:
Your username must contain both letters and numbers.

Oh, really? Would it be that difficult to put that statement above the username entry field? Or, even better, not require numbers in the username? Is that really necessary?

Did they even set a real user down to run through the sign-up process before it went to production?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Safari Hates my Proxy Server

So, Safari for Windows. I'm not the first person to talk about this, and they'll have much more interesting things to say, so I'll keep it short.

I'm behind a proxy server that requires domain authentication. FireFox works great. Windows LiveWriter works fine. Windows Media Player (using XM Radio Online and Urge) works just fine. Opera has no problems.

Safari crashes the instant I try to authenticate. Every time.

I know it's beta, but still - not too impressed so far.